A look at the headlines right now:

  1. Over 2,000 arrested as farmers, political parties hold rail roko protests in Tamil Nadu on Cauvery dispute: A high-level team set up by the Centre to study the river basin said both states involved in the row faced water shortages.
  2. Indian soldier killed by Pakistani troops in Jammu and Kashmir’s Naushera: The Army said 24-year-old Sudhees Kumar was a target of 'unprovoked firing'.
  3. Iraq begins offensive to take Mosul back from Islamic State, 1.5 million civilians trapped in city: The US-backed campaign, if successful, will be the biggest blow yet to the militant group’s influence in the region, officials said.
  4. Several injured in communal clashes in Bengal, around 30 homes raided: Police said the violence was sparked by a small explosion during a Muharram procession, which led to retaliatory attacks.
  5. RTI activist campaigning against land mafia in Mumbai shot dead, former corporator and son arrested: Bhupendra Vira, who also lobbied against illegal encroachments, was killed at his residence in Vakola.
  6. Protests in Bengaluru after RSS worker is hacked to death by two motorcycle-borne assailants: Prohibitory orders have been imposed in four areas, and the BJP has called for statewide agitations.
  7. Omar Abdullah detained for security checks at New York airport: The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister spent two hours in additional screenings after his arrival in the US on Monday.
  8. BJP leader's son, two others accused of gangraping woman in Chhattisgarh: Jasbir Singh's son Princely Saluja has been absconding since the 36-year-old filed a complaint in the case, while the two others have been arrested.
  9. China successfully launches its longest-ever manned mission to space: The two astronauts will spend 30 days on board the spacecraft before it is scheduled to return to earth.
  10. Jia Jia, the world’s oldest panda in captivity, has died: Her carers said she had become unable to walk and had lost interest in food, so they were forced to put her down to end her suffering.